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Windows can not start up. File missing or corrupted?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by asd123, Aug 5, 2006.

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  1. asd123

    asd123 Thread Starter

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    Whenever I try to start my computer, the bios loads as normal, but then I get a black screen with the message: Windows can not start because C:\WINDOWS\System32\config\system is missing or corrupted.
    It tells me that I can try to repair the problem by loading the repair console on the Windows XP install disk, but whenever I try this, I get a black screen with a DOS console, and I don't know enough DOS to fix the problem. Help please!

    P.S. If it is avoidable, I'd rather NOT have to reformat or wipe my hard drive.
     
  2. seekermeister

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    There are a number of functions available in the Repair Console. The one most likely to help would be "chkdsk /r", but you can review this and other possibilities by simply typing "help" after logging in.
     
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